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Waynesburg University’s Lamplighters Touring Choir will serve in Nashville, Tennessee, at the beginning of summer break. Melanie Catana, director of choral music, will lead 17 students to serve the city and share the Gospel through sharing music.

Catana said the group will be working with the nonprofit organization, Nashville Rescue Mission, and will provide hands-on labor around the city and also give performances at churches, senior centers and other facilities.

The Lamplighters travel to a different location each year. In the past, the Choir has served in Pittsburgh, Atlantic City, Washington D.C. and New York City, among others. Catana said she is excited for students to use their musical skills to benefit others.

“What’s cool about the Lamplighters trip is that they use skills that they have honed here at the University to serve in a community,” said Catana.

Students attending the trip to Nashville include:

  • Mychael Anderson, freshman human services major from Beaver, Pennsylvania (Beaver Area High School)
  • Christina Bauer, junior forensic science major from Harrison City, Pennsylvania (Penn-Trafford High School)
  • Samantha Brown, freshman forensic science major from El Cajon, California (Richland High School)
  • Heidi Dziak, sophomore accounting major from Bentleyville, Pennsylvania (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Thomas Faye, sophomore music ministry major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Penn Hills Senior High School)
  • Kayla Goncalves, senior music ministry major from Boca Raton, Florida (Olympic Heights Community High School)
  • Matthew Haux, sophomore criminal justice administration major from Grove City, Pennsylvania (Grove City Area High School)
  • Connor Hoffman, sophomore Biblical ministry studies and children and youth ministry major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Penn Hills Senior High School)
  • Bailey Holt, freshman history secondary education major from Smithfield, Pennsylvania (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)
  • Camden Hoover, freshman criminal justice administration major from Oakdale, Pennsylvania (South Fayette High School)
  • Jonah Phillip, freshman middle level education major from McMurray, Pennsylvania (Peters Township High School)
  • Rachel Phillip, senior arts administration major from McMurray, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School)
  • Briana Ryan, sophomore music ministry major from Monongahela, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Veronica Steen, junior biblical ministry studies and children and youth ministry major from Trenton, New Jersey (Bordentown Regional High School)
  • Jordan Webb, sophomore arts administration major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Chartiers-Houston High School)
  • Gailan Williams, sophomore psychology major from Williamsport, Pennsylvania (Home School)
  • Lingen Ngijoi-Yogo, senior mathematics major from Washington, Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Eight Waynesburg University students will serve in Camp Caribe, a missionary camp in Puerto Rico, led by Dr. James Bush, professor of mathematics, and Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science. The group will serve from Monday, May 7, to Tuesday, May 15.

Bush has led students to Camp Caribe four times before, but he said this trip will likely be very different: the camp was hit hard by Hurricane Maria, and he anticipates helping with repairs. Bush said helping in this way will give students a new perspective.

“The students will get to engage with people from another culture,” he said. “They will get to see what life and the conditions are like in [Puerto Rico]. We’ve read about it a lot in the news. Now we get to travel and see things firsthand.”

Bush is excited to return to Camp Caribe with a new group of students and a new assignment.

“I’m looking forward to doing God’s work and, hopefully, we can make a difference by the time we leave.”

Students attending the trip include:

  • Rebecca Iannotta, senior athletic training major from Stanhope, New Jersey (Veritas Christian Academy)
  • Vickilyn Johnson, junior biology pre-med major from Oakdale, Pennsylvania (West Allegheny Senior High School)
  • Marissa Martino, junior forensic science major from Ellwood City, Pennsylvania (Riverside High School)
  • Brittany Meyer, freshman sociology major from Saint Marys, Pennsylvania (Saint Marys Area High School)
  • Rachel Peffer, junior forensic science major from Zelienople, Pennsylvania (Seneca Valley Senior High School)
  • Michael Siszka, senior mathematics major from Leechburg, Pennsylvania (Kiski Area High School)
  • Kassi Straub, junior forensic science major from Aqua, Pennsylvania (Chambersburg Area Senior High School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Fifteen students will serve in Guatemala this summer, May 7 through 21. Led by Pat Bristor, associate dean of students, and Ryan Smith, assistant director of student activities, students will assist at an orphanage and perform daily service projects, including maintenance to the building, interacting with the children and more.

Bristor has led the group for years, developing a close relationship with the orphanage with each trip. She looks forward to seeing the same children every year, watching as both they and the students grow.

“We never really know what all we will be doing until we arrive,” said Bristor, who will be going on the trip for the tenth time. “Typically, we spend a lot of time with the children; we have planned crafts, music and sports days for them. We will teach English to the children, conduct an oral hygiene workshop and assist them with their homework.”

Bristor said in years past, the group has also painted the buildings, painted murals on the walls of children’s rooms, built a cinderblock wall and dug trenches for water lines among other projects.

Both Bristor and Smith said students grow tremendously through their participation, whether it is applying their skills in nursing, teaching and ministry, or simply learning to understand another culture.

“This experience is very impactful and authentic,” said Smith. “This trip will allow students to grow mentally and spiritually out of their comfort zones because they are immersed into the Guatemalan culture.”

Students attending the Guatemala service trip this year include:

  • Brianna Armenia, freshman sociology major from Odessa, Florida (J. W. Mitchell High School)
  • Sadie Breon, junior psychology major from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania (Central Mountain High School)
  • Isabella Cantafio, junior nursing major from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania (Pine-Richland School District)
  • Marybeth Cocchi, junior nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Mountain Lebanon High School)
  • Jonah Cooper, junior nursing major from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania (Beaver County Christian School)
  • Morgan Davis, junior business management major from Abingdon, Maryland (New Covenant Christian School)
  • Natalie Fortna, junior nursing major from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (Canon McMillan School District)
  • Michelle Harris, junior human services major from Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania (Belle Vernon Area High School)
  • Michelle Keith, junior middle-level education major from Rochester, Pennsylvania (Freedom Area High School)
  • Megan McElligott, freshman psychology major from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Alexandria Peters, junior sociology and political science major from Meadville, Pennsylvania (Meadville Area Senior High School)
  • Alexis Phillips, freshman biology pre-med major from New Kensington, Pennsylvania (Plum Senior High School)
  • David Shannon, freshman nursing major from Greenville, Pennsylvania (Greenville Senior High School)
  • Julie Sipes, junior nursing major from Greencastle, Pennsylvania (Home School)
  • Sarah Trocki, junior psychology major from Cheswick, Pennsylvania (Deer Lakes High School)

For more information about the Guatemala service trip, contact Bristor at 724-852-3315.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host its annual Miller Summer Youth Institute at Waynesburg University Sunday, June 24, through Saturday, June 30. The week-long program is open to rising high school seniors from across the United States and abroad.

In partnership with the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Waynesburg University will serve as the site host and offer participants one college credit. Campers will work with Waynesburg and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary faculty, room in the University dorms, have meals provided on campus and spend a day in Pittsburgh at the Seminary.

The cost of the camp is $450 and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. A $100 deposit is due at the time of registration. To register, visit forms.waynesburg.edu/machform/view.php?id=747259.

The Miller Summer Youth Institute is designed to form an intentional Christian community where young people can be challenged to move beyond their comfort zones in order to grow in faith, engage in academic theological study and explore ministry.

Since 1997, The Rev. Dr. Roy F. Miller, Ph.D., and Mrs. Florence Lantz Miller Summer Youth Institute has helped young people consider the questions of who God is calling them to be and what God is calling them to do. Students, from the United States to Puerto Rico and everyone in between, represent all walks of life and theological perspectives.

For more information, contact Rev. James Tinnemeyer, dean of students, vice president for Student Services and University chaplain at Waynesburg, at jtinneme@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3271.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-25-Unity-Trail-dedication.jpgWaynesburg University, in conjunction with the EQT Foundation, hosted a dedication ceremony for the Waynesburg Unity Trail Wednesday, April 25. Completed in 2017, the trail project was funded through a $20,000 grant from the EQT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of EQT Corporation.

“One of the priorities of the EQT Foundation is to support projects that enhance the wellbeing of communities and the residents who live there," said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation manager. "By encouraging active lifestyles and providing educational opportunities along the way, this new trail gives students, faculty and nearby residents a reason to experience the beauty and wonder that await outside their doors.”

The event included remarks by Waynesburg University President Douglas G. Lee; Stacey Brodak, vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations; Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology; and Rossi.

A dedication sign at the beginning of the trail reads, “Built by the students of Waynesburg University to promote creation care and cooperation with the Borough of Waynesburg.”

The Waynesburg Unity Trail consists of approximately 2 square miles, including 1.5 miles of walking trails and wooded areas that will be preserved for student research and environmental restoration.

“I am grateful to EQT for funding this project and for the 2000 hours of community service that have been logged so far by students at Waynesburg University,” said Paladino. “The goal of the Unity Trail is becoming a reality. We have engaged the community and the University in a partnership of environmental stewardship by creating a place for all to take quiet walks in the forest and to appreciate that nature teaches us many things. It is our hope that more community members will get involved with work and activities on the Unity Trail.”

The University’s goal is for the trail to be a safe place for students to learn, research and spend time with nature, while also offering the greater Waynesburg community the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate nature in an urban setting.

About the EQT Foundation

The EQT Foundation was established by EQT Corporation, the nation’s leading energy producer, and is committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. The EQT Foundation believes in meaningful engagement with the communities it calls home, and takes great pride in the role as both a responsible and responsive corporate citizen. The EQT Foundation has developed strong partnerships with a variety of nonprofit organizations to enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts. Read more at: www.eqt.com/our-communities/eqt-foundation.

About Waynesburg University

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu 

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